Arvind Kejriwal forgives BJP activist Nachiketa

By on November 18, 2013

A BJP activist threw black paint at AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal on Monday while he was addressing a press conference. Nachiketa Vaghrekar, who claimed to be BJP general secretary of Ahmednagar unit in Maharashtra, claimed he revers Anna Hazare and accused Kejriwal of “betraying Hazare and betraying people”. He entered the press conference venue and threw black ink or paint on Arvind Kejriwal and his colleagues Manish Sisodia, Sanjay Singh, lawyers Prashant Bhushan and Shanti Bhushan while

shouting ‘Anna Hazare Zindabad’. Expressing his kindness, Kejriwal further tweeted, “He (Nachiketa) seems to have some misconceptions about us (AAP).” Kejriwal tweeted, “I forgive Nachiketa. I have no ill will against him.” AAP activists present there immediately pulled Vaghrekar, out of the conference hall. Kejriwal, without naming any party, said “it was done by those whose vested interests were being hit due to AAP’s growing popularity.” AAP leader Kumar Vishwas termed it as an act by BJP out of “frustration” while BJP said it was “low-grade” politics. “This is an act of BJP which is frustrated with AAP’s growing popularity in Delhi. It is sending such type of people to disrupt our programmes,” he said. BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi said that Nachiketa was associated with saffron outfit three years ago, but in 2009, he contested elections against the official BJP candidate. “This person Nachiketa, who is said to have thrown ink at Arvind Kejriwal, we condemn that act. But this person has nothing to do with the BJP as prior to three years, he was associated with BJP, but three years ago, in 2009, he has contested elections against the official BJP candidate, and he is from the same tehsil as Anna Hazare,’ she said. Kejriwal called the press conference to demand an independent and open probe into its accounts and donations from Anna Hazare who had written him on Sunday that he was getting reports of misuse of funds and his name in the Delhi elections. “I would request Annaji to conduct a thorough probe by anyone he wants like Justice (retd) Santosh Hedge or anyone else and the report should be made public within 48 hours, so neither Congress nor BJP could raise suspicion over funds,” Kejriwal said, adding “if I am found guilty I would not contest elections”. “But if I come clean, then Anna Hazare will

have to come and campaign for our party,” he said Hazare had written a letter to Kejriwal saying he had received reports of about using his name in elections campaign, use of fund collected during the anti-graft movement and on implementation of Janlokpal Bill on December 29 after convening an open session at Ramlila Maidan. Hazare had also questioned his old colleague that he had also come to know that party had collected fund with the help of a SIM card procured in his name. Hazare also said though he thinks there was no truth in these thing, since there were rumours so he deemed it necessary to get a clarification from him. In his reply, Kejriwal said he or his party was not using his name in any way — in posters, film or any other campaign material. “We are following your instruction of not using your name in letter and spirit. We are just saying that in August 2011, there was an agitation led by Anna, which is a historical fact which even you can’t deny,” he said in his letter. On the issue of holding an open assembly session to pass the Janlokpal Bill, Kejriwal said the Bill would be for Delhi only and the Chief Minister, council of Ministers, officials and government employees would come under its purview. The AAP leader said he was pained by Hazare’s statement that he was not aware of the fund collected during the agitation at Ramlila and Jantar Mantar. “Our accounts have been audited several times but every-time there is some questioning on the funds. This needs to be settled once and for all,” he said.

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